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Raison D’être – Nelson W. Pyles

Victoria begins to question not only her existence but her purpose. Fortunately for her, there is someone else who can not only sympathize, but can help guide her through this particularly rough time in her unlife.

In this first ever crossover, the worlds of The Lift and The Wicked Library collide in a surprisingly uplifting episode about choices. This episode is simulcast as episode 707 of The Wicked Library. The version found on The Wicked Library also includes an interview with the author.

To purchase “The Ages,” by Jon Towers, mentioned in the introduction, please click here.



Nelson W. Pyles is the author of several short stories as well as the critically acclaimed novel Demons, Dolls, & Milkshakes. He is the creator, executive producer and former host of The Wicked Library as well as the co founder of Society 13 Podcast Network. His upcoming collection Everything Here Is A Nightmare will be published before the end of 2015. He is currently working on two novels, one a sequel to his first book.

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Jon Towers is an artist, podcaster, and writer, he is the creative mind behind indie comic book company Stigmata Studios. Often referred to as the “Creator Emeritus” of Society 13 and Co-creator the Wicked Library by former Host Nelson W. Pyles, Jon Towers is a modern Renaissance Man, who serves up his brand of awesome in the form of comics, observation, satire, myth and legend, and edgy writing and observation. He will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dreadful Geographic, an Ezine from Forsaken. You can find Jon’s graphic novel, the D’Jinn Jihad on Amazon, and all things Jon Towers on his website, Stigmata Studios.

Stigmata Studios is an indie comic studio that has been producing indie comics featuring the heroic Nonstandard Assembly and its quirky members for over  ten years. They produce graphic novels, comic book magazines and FREE web comics! The stories feature history, the occult, politics, myth, whiskey and violence with an edgy point of view. The Abracast is the official podcast of Stigmata Studios.

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John Niespodzianski is a musician and composer from Carmel, IN. In addition to scoring numerous short films, he was the music supervisor and composer on the feature film “The Other Side”. He also has served as lead guitarist for many Pittsburgh bands, including Superstar Jones, Echobox, Totally 80s, and The Soul Kitchen. John is the current Music Director for The Lift.

If you are a fan of character-based thinking horror, like “The Walking Dead,” “The Babadook,” and “It Follows”, be sure to check out the locally filmed Pittsburgh feature “The Other Side.” “The Other Side” is available for rent or purchase on all major video-on-demand platforms such as Vudu, iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video.

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Dramatic reading performed by Daniel Foytik
Twitter: @dfoytik

The voice of Victoria Bigglesworth-Hayes was  performed by Amber Collins
Twitter: @blamberino

The voice of Merritt Bigglesworth-Hayes was  performed by Cynthia Lowman
Twitter: @cynthialowmnan

Incidental Music:

“Come Play With Me” (Author Greeting)
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

The Lift Opening Theme Music
Composed and Recorded by Kimberly Henninger and Shawn Parke of Cathedral Sounds

The Lift Closing Theme Music
Composed and Recorded by Nico Vettese of We Talk of Dreams

Sound FX:


Sound Design by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story

Producer/ Creator: Daniel Foytik
Producer/ Co-Creator: Cynthia Lowman

Music Director: John Niespodzianski

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